Posted by: sailingspirit | January 29, 2014

Measuring Upside Down

Too many people are evaluating God by holding the measuring stick upside down; they use circumstances as the measuring tool to determine who or what God is (or isn’t), rather than God’s own revelation about Himself.  Firstly, that’s illogical: God’s grandeur is not determined by your circumstances, that would make your circumstances greater than Him.  Circumstances are the result, the outcome, of power factors not the granter thereof.  Secondly, it’s hypocritical–if I judge people today by the amount of money in their bank account, or their job title, the size of their house, the sticker price of their car, or even their physical appearance I’m “judging a book by its cover” and they would be furious with me for being so shallow.  Perhaps they got laid off, no fault of their own, or made a tough sacrifice for an ailing family member’s benefit.  Is a man covered in black filth and tattered clothing a homeless drunkard, or a fireman who just saved a child’s life by putting his own coat over her?  People who don’t like their own worth or intentions being measured by their present circumstances ought not throw stones at God.

It’s as simple as this:

Power is pointless without application.  Therefore, either God has it and IS doing something,

or doesn’t have it so CAN’T do anything.

And if God has no power at all, what’s the point of being God?  He wouldn’t exist.

So which do you choose to worship, an all-powerful being with a rational mind intelligent beyond your comprehension, or circumstances even you don’t have total control over?  The source or the outcome?  (If you choose outcomes, it just so happens I have a big pile of horse “outcome” in the yard right now I’d be happy to sell you….)

I choose to look at my circumstances and say “I see room for improvement here….Good thing I know a powerful God who can do that.”


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